10 Baby-tastic things to do on Maternity Leave

I have been on maternity leave since my 38th week. That’s a total of 4 weeks already sitting at home. Lucky enough baby came early and I didn’t have to sit at home bored thinking of what I can do to keep myself entertained.

Now that baby is here, you might be busy changing nappy, feeding bottle, cleaning up sick, changing the outfit after a poo incident but yet you still need to keep your head clear and get out of the house. Remember babies sleep 16 hours out of 24 hours after all.


Here are some tips how to keep yourself while on maternity leave:

1. Go for a walk everyday

Fresh air is important for babies. Try to aim going for a walk everyday weather permitting of course. I admit that when I had Matthew I could have gone outside a bit more with him when he was a baby.

2. Meet other mums 

Baby/Toddler groups are great to meet other mums with babies/toddlers. Ask your public health nurse when they are on or look for it online. One a week should be enough. They are normally on in the morning.

3. Go to a baby massage 

Baby massages are very popular these days. Whether your baby has reflux, has trouble bringing up wind or you just want to simply do your baby something good. For most babies it is nice way to relax.

4. Book a baby swimming lesson 

Obviously your baby is not going to learn how to swim that young but water is great for babies. They can build up their strength and learn so much floating in the water. Water Babies is providing this service. You can bring your baby from birth. Have a look at their website and see if they do a session near you.

5. Meet a friend for lunch

It’s nice to meet familiar faces for lunch like your friends and talk about the latest gossip.  The least thing you want is to get lonely now that you have a baby. Keep in touch with your friends as regular as possible.

6. Setup the nursery

If you haven’t done already, start on the nursery for your baby. Sit down with your partner and decide on the colour of the room. Matthews room was finished by the time I was 22 weeks pregnant with him. I haven’t started Chloe’s nursery at all. This is my little project while I am on maternity leave.

7. Gardening

Now that the weather is picking up again and it is getting warm it’s a great opportunity to do some gardening. Put the baby in the pram and leave her in the garden beside you. That way she still gets fresh air and you get things done. I haven’t touched the garden at all last year so it will be nice to upgrade it this year.

8. Book a photo session

It’s nice to have some baby photos hanging in the house. We did the same with Matthew. We used a local photographer. She’s brilliant and also very popular. I booked Chloe’s photo session when I was still pregnant with her because she’s booked out so quickly.

9. Get hand & foot prints done

This is a lovely keepsake. I recommend to get this done as early as possible. Once they are older and can move/roll around it can end up in a disaster. I’ve been there.

10. Book a place in the nursery 

And the last thing on the list which most parents are dreading. Find that perfect nursery for your child to start in. Luckily Matthew has been in the nursery since the age of 5 months and he loves all the care takers. Chloe will be joining him. Make sure to settle in your baby one or 2 weeks before the actual start of the nursery and you going back to work for a few hours.

9 thoughts on “10 Baby-tastic things to do on Maternity Leave

  1. Great ideas wish I had read this when I first went on maternity leave I had no friends, didn’t know many, and had this new baby. I was so lost at first. Wish I had been blogging back there. Lovely list. Thank you ever so much for linking up to SWM and the amazing linky/blog support last year. It means the world to me that people come back again and again to share their amazing blogs. I hope this year is no different. It’s great to get to know more blogs and I love reading each post every week and sharing them. You have such a lovely blog here. I wish you a huge happy new year!!! #sharewithme

  2. Lately I don’t get to do much blogging because little girl is windy so constantly sleeping on me. A post every 2-3 days is the norm now.

  3. Ooh, I used to love going for a walk every day down to the beach, it was lovely to get some fresh air even when I might not have felt like it, I always felt better afterwards.

    I really got into blogging during my maternity leave…once R started to consistently nap that is!

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  4. Lovely list … wish I went out for a walk everyday whilst on Mat Leave; it took me months to really want to get out of the house. And now, Mat Leave is over.

    I think I’ll do a photo session next time round; and I won’t put off the foot/hand print too. I didn’t think of how difficult it’ll be to get it down later … I’m been saying ‘later’ for over a year now :-(.

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  5. Ooh I’ve done 7 out of 10 of these – so far so good! I love going out for my daily walk – especially since it’s about the only thing that gets baby to sleep! Great post x

  6. Getting out the house for fresh air and meeting other mums certainly gave me a reason to get dressed in the mornings during my first maternity leave. I’m certainly planning to do lots of this again during my second round of baby time in a few weeks 🙂 #TheList
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  7. I had a list….only half of it is done and G is 10 months old 😉 Most important thing to me in the end was to just spend the time with him as the time goes so fast. We also tried going for a walk each day. Really helped. Especially on hard days We loved baby massage and went onto the next group of baby yoga and swimming has been his favourite thing for sure. He’s a water baby which I think is as we started so early. Great list #thelist
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